Guided and Self-Guided Programs

Book a Girl Scout Troop visit to Norfolk Botanical Garden! We feature a variety of opportunities for many of the different Scout age levels. Program options include our Explore NBG Patch (GSCCC Partner Patch), Brownie Bug Badge, Junior Flower Badge, and the Outdoor Art Badges! All of our programs include the corresponding patch or badge.

All Scout programs must be registered through NBG. Girl Scouts will not be permitted to receive the group rate or program materials without a scheduled reservation. Scouts will be provided their work materials and a badge or patch upon check in. At that time, they will be able to explore the Garden, and complete the required activities. If a guided program is booked, a Youth Educator will the group on an approximately one and half hour tour.

Self-Guided Program: $15/Girl Scout, $12/chaperone and tag-alongs. (Only the Explore NBG Patch has a self-guided option.)

All Guided Programs: $18/Girl Scout, $12/chaperone and tag-alongs. 

Program times are available at any point during the week, and must be booked at least a week in advance of the intended visit date. All program rates include Garden admission. NBG Member adults are permitted to chaperone Scout programs for free. Even if a member of the Garden, the Scout fee must be paid to receive the program materials and patch or badge.

To book a Girl Scout program, or for more information on options for your Scout or Troop, give us a call at (757) 441-5830 ext.463, or email us youthed@nbgs.org.

Bridging Ceremonies

Schedule your group to complete our Explore NBG Patch requirements (includes patch), choose one of our many garden bridges for your Scouts to complete their bridging ceremony, and then round out your event with private access to our Picnic Shelter to celebrate!

Pricing for Full Bridging Ceremony Package: $250 for up to 25 total attendants (includes Scouts, Adult attendants, and Sibling Tag-Alongs). Price includes Garden admission for all attendants, self-guided program supplies and patches for the participating Scouts, and the Picnic Shelter rental. Add up to 10 additional guests or Scouts (35 total attendants) for $50.

Don’t want to include the Picnic Shelter as celebration spot? No problem! Girl Scout troops can book the self-guided Explore NBG Patch program (patch included), and then complete their bridging ceremony as part of the program. Pricing for this option is $15/Scout, and $12/adult and sibling tag-alongs.

Free Backyard Programs

Access some of our “learning in place” activities and resources to participate in environmental education and related activities at home. Our activities are supplemental to the badge programs and activities listed on the GSCCC For Girl Scouting at Home webpage. Click Here the full list of Council recommended badge programs to complete at home.

Backyard Nature Scavenger Hunt

Click Here to access our NBG Backyard Nature Scavenger Hunt. This activity can be completed on its own, or it can assist your Girl Scout in earning the following outdoor/nature-oriented badges:

  • Daisy Eco Learner
  • Brownie Outdoor Adventurer
  • Brownie Eco Friend Brownie Bugs
  • Junior Outdoor Art Explorer

Explore NBG Patch – Take Action Activities 

While our Girl Scout Explore NBG Patch program must be completed “in house”, there are still program requirements that Scouts have to complete at home. Review the patch requirements HERE, and then review the list of Take Action activities below. At least one Take Action activity must be completed to earn the Explore NBG Patch, but we encourage Scouts to give them all a try! Once you are able to visit the Garden with your troop or as an individual, you can complete the remaining needed Discover and Connect requirements to earn the patch.

Take Action Activities:

  • Visit Norfolk Botanical Garden’s website HERE to learn about the areas you would like to visit during your trip. Using the map of the Garden, select each of the gardens you would like to see, and draw the best route for your walk.
  • Research jobs in wildlife or horticulture that can be found in Virginia (Wildlife Biologist, Gardener, Botanist, etc.). Choose your favorite career, and investigate the education and training needed to achieve this position.
  • Record the items that go into your family garbage can for one week. Record which items could be recycled (and then recycle them), or which items could be added to compost. After a week, separate the items into three lists, and discuss with your family ways to reduce the amount of trash created. Put a plan into action to reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Track how many steps you take in a day with a pedometer or Fitbit. Research the recommended number of steps per day for a healthy adult. Using the Norfolk Botanical Garden map, create a route that would satisfy this daily requirement.
Please bring a refillable container for use at the cold, filtered-water refilling stations located throughout the Garden.  MORE INFO
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